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As Number Of COVID-19 Cases Declines, Wash Co Health Officer Talks About How To Get Back To Business

May 13, 2020

Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck
Credit Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

From contact tracing to continuing to social distance, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about where we are now in the battle with COVID-19 and what we will need to do to try to move back into some sense of "normalcy."


As Michigan's "stay home stay safe" order remains in effect, and as leading COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before the U.S. Senate, many factors come into play when safely reopening the country.

Luckily, Washtenaw County health officer Jimena Loveluck has seen steps in the right direction.  Hospital admissions for coronavirus have dropped in the county, while testing kits have become more available.  There are still too few tests to go around, but more are expected to arrive between late May and early June.

The county's health department has also been practicing "contact tracing," which involves not only getting in touch with residents who have tested positive for the virus, but with those who have in been close contact with those same residents.  

In the meantime, Loveluck recommends that Washtenaw County residents follow social distancing rules and, if they're struggling with isolation, access any available mental health services.  All information can be found at the Washtenaw County COVID-19 website.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu